Disciplines of the Flesh
Of all the Paths of Power the Disciplines of the Flesh are perhaps the most twisted and least favored of all. To acquire the Disciplines one must undergo ordeals and torments that would make the strictest ascetics quail. All the Disciples of the Flesh are the victims of torture, child abuse, and other unbearable agonies. Their spirits have been shattered more than once. They are broken, dysfunctional people, and they are incredibly powerful.
To become a Disciple two elements are needed. First the person must have suffered. This pain was inflicted over a period of years if not decades, enough to permanently scar the soul of the sufferer. Second the person must have the potential for power, the Gift. There are many people whose suffering goes beyond human endurance. Only a few of them develop the Power.
No one sane becomes a Disciple willingly. Most of them were abused as children or young adults and their Powers manifested accidentally during a moment of ultimate pain or stress. On the day they acquired their Powers they often lashed out blindly and hurt those around them, whether or not they deserved it. If they were fortunate, they soon met a Pariah who helped them understand and develop their abilities. If they weren’t, they most likely ended up tragically forced into hiding if not killed outright. Many of those who do not find a teacher or mentor become Predators. Living in the shadows and taking out their frustrations on their victims.
Whatever their origins or their ultimate fate the Disciples are extremely powerful Gifted. Theirs is the power to reshape their bodies into any form they choose. Typically into twisted inhuman shapes. This reshaping ability goes all the way down to the molecular level. It allows them to heal wounds rapidly, become larger and stronger, and turn their limbs into weapons and their internal organs into limbs. Although in theory the Disciples could use their Powers to assume beautiful or “perfect” shapes, no one ever does so. The reason is simple: to activate their Powers the Disciples must relive their worst traumas and memories. While in the throes of such psychic agony, their physical creations are hideous reflections of their inner turmoil.